Darth Vader peeks between the trees
Her father took her shopping for Mama's birthday gift at a nearby upscale mall. He put the gift on the table, gave Violet a snack and turned around to get a cup of coffee. Unfortunately she was more interested in the gift than the snack and quick as a wink tore off the trade-mark white bow. (Did you know they give all employees lessons in how to tie those white bows?)
She seems quite excited and is just about to open the box
Our son put a long row of small plants near the deck railing. So Violet now has chores to do. She keeps the little plants watered and takes the job quite seriously.
Carefully pouring water into each little pot
She loves pizza as a special treat. This is her method for eating pizza: first you take off and eat the pepperoni pieces and other toppings. Next you peel off and eat the cheese. Then you lick the sauce off with your tongue. Finally you eat the soggy crust. It's a bit messy but definitely the best way.
Licking off the marinara sauce
It is important to hug your animals, even the giant ones.
Violet hugs her giraffe before calling it a day.
I think of this very fortunate little girl, surrounded by the love of family and friends. Living without fears or anxiety about her safety and security. Assuming the best of things will happen every day. And it breaks my heart that the same cannot be said for so very many children living in the United States and around the world.
The first of today's quotes is from Nelson Mandela:
"History will judge us by the difference we make in the everyday lives of children."
And from Oliver Wendell Holmes:
"Pretty much all of the honest truth telling there is in the world is done by children."
And from Frederick Douglas:
"It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men."
And an anonymous quote aimed at all those who interact with small children:
"Children seldom misquote. In fact, they usually repeat word for word what you should not have said."
HAVE A WONDERFUL WEEK, EVERYONE!
HELP THE CHILDREN WHERE YOU CAN
IT DOES TAKE A VILLAGE